1180 Laurel Ave

2021 Carriage House
Janie Morissette
After retiring from teaching, I decided to sell my Montana home and move to Saint Paul to be closer to my daughter and grandkids. My daughter’s home had an old garage and unused chicken coop on the property. Tearing those out and building a new carriage home was an easy decision. I sourced ideas and plans online and through friends, family, and the builder. After many months of planning, demolition and construction began. The new structure includes a heated two-car garage which I consider my basement (with sewing area). I have a bedroom, full bathroom, sitting room with a patio door leading to a deck, full kitchen and a dining space. I was even able to incorporate my mother’s Swedish tiles into the kitchen backsplash. Tour visitors should park in front of home, use sidewalk west of the home, to back.